Simple Steps for a Safe Halloween

Wash hands, wear a mask, and social distance to keep this year’s festivities safe for all.

This year’s Halloween celebrations promise to be unique, but with a few small changes, we can keep our community safe while enjoying a much-needed holiday for kids and adults alike.   

When it comes to preparing for trick-or-treaters, it’s best to avoid direct contact with those outside of your household.  Instead, try setting up a table with spooky decorations outside your door and stock it with treats ready for kids to take.

  • Set up a station with individually bagged treats.
  • Wash hands before handling treats.
  • Wear a mask when restocking your treat station.
  • Avoid using candy bowls that can’t be contact-free.

For trick-or-treaters and parents, there are several things you can do to stay safe.

  • Incorporate a cloth mask into your Halloween costumes. 
  • Bring hand sanitizer with you and use it after touching objects or other people, making sure to use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds when you get home and before you eat any treats.
  • Just like every year, make sure costumes have bright, visible elements that are easily seen in the dim light and are made of flame-retardant materials.

There are tons of fun alternatives to trick-or-treating in our area.  Enjoy the crisp weather on Saturday with any of these activities:

  • Visit a pumpkin patch or orchard. Frecon Farms’ orchard is a great place to pick apples and teach kids about where our food comes from.
  • Visit a corn maze. There are several options in our area, including Wilcox Farms.  Make sure to take a mask in case you pass any other families in the maze.
  • Hide Halloween treats in your house or around the yard—just like an Easter-egg hunt.
  • Plan a moonrise walk in the park to enjoy the rare Halloween Blue Moon.  In Pottstown, the moon comes up at 6:20 p.m. on Saturday.

Keeping hands clean, wearing a mask, and maintaining social distance are key to keeping this year’s festivities safe and fun. Together we can keep one another safe and slow the spread!

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